Bond Bryan designed, new development at St Dunstan’s College to commence on site.
Leading Education experts, Bond Bryan, have been appointed by St Dunstan’s College to design and deliver their new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Hub at a co-educational independent school in Catford, London.
The development, which will begin on site in January, will be built by Willmott Dixon Construction. This development comes as a result of the College’s wider plans to redevelop the site and continue to offer world-class education in state-of-the-art facilities.
The new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment – with specialist facilities for art, music and performance – whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).
Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Hub; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning – including large independent study spaces with social areas and a café.
Speaking about the upcoming building works, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett, said: ‘This is the most significant development of St Dunstan’s College since our Catford foundation in 1888. The innovative design of the buildings and the emphasis on STEM chimes with our original purpose that education at the College should be ‘in advance of its present time’ and we are thrilled to be working with market leaders, Willmott Dixon, in making this a reality.
‘The project will have significant impact, not only on the education we provide here, but also on our wider community – those we help to access our education and those from across Lewisham – who benefit from our facilities, both on the main College site and on the Jubilee fields’
The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins, added: ‘We are really looking forward to working with Willmott Dixon on this fabulous project, which we know will have such a positive impact on the St Dunstan’s community’.
Adam Worrall – Director, Willmott Dixon London & South Region – commented: ‘We are delighted to be working with St Dunstan’s College. We recognise that the College operates to a high standard; we cannot wait to support this by delivering a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement their teaching for many years to come.’
Zubin Masters, Director at Bond Bryan, explained: ‘Our design for the site delivers a bespoke solution to revitalise an established and prestigious independent school through a new elegant and contemporary brick building and associated landscape areas.
‘Architecturally, the solution aims to be a contemporary addition to the site that is a sensitive response to the historical locally-listed College building.’
Bond Bryan have been working within the education sector for over 25 years, creating exciting and flexible learning environments that make a positive difference to education outcomes which support the educational vision – but ultimately enhance young people’s lives.